Being pregnant is as natural as can be, but it can be scary and confusing. Your body will go through a lot of changes and you will have a lot of information to take in. New parents can learn many tips to help them out. There are several of them included here.
Start taking a prenatal vitamin while you are trying to conceive, or as soon as you first find out about that surprise pregnancy. There are special nutrients that are needed by your baby for proper development. The sooner you start taking prenatal vitamins, the better chance your baby has of getting the nutrients he or she needs.
Be sure to stay active while pregnant. Use low-impact exercises – walking and swimming – that keep you moving without putting too much stress on your body. This will help prevent excess pregnancy weight gain, improve the quality of your sleep, and increase circulation to your lower limbs, all of which can be a challenge when pregnant.
Engage in Kegel exercises each day. This activity can improve your pelvic muscles, which affect your bladder, bowels and uterus. Kegels will help with your delivery, and they can be done just about anywhere, including in the car or at work. To do them correctly, you should squeeze like you want to stop yourself from using the bathroom. Hold this position for three seconds and then relax for three. Do this in sets of ten.
Pack your bags early. Don’t wait until you are 37 weeks or later to finally pack your bag for the hospital. Obviously you want your baby to reach full gestation, but you never know when something is going to happen. Having your bag packed will give you peace of mind in case there is an unexpected event.
When it comes to lifting heavy objects, you should never be afraid to seek out help. Lifting places great stress on you and your baby and can cause back pain and, in some cases, miscarriages. Instead, ask for help when lifting anything remotely heavy.
A pregnant woman in her third trimester should sleep on her left side. This allows unrestricted blood flow to the baby, as well as promoting the flow of blood to the uterus and kidneys. Try not to sleep on your back; this position can adversely affect blood flow.
Keeping a food diary will help you to remember to eat well and keep up with all the vitamins that you need. You will also be able to see if you are not feeling well, that there may be some type of food you are eating that may be triggering that reaction.
If it is possible, take birthing classes when you are pregnant. These classes help to educate you about what you can expect in the delivery room. Knowing these things can help make the whole labor process easier. Also, bring your spouse with you if you can so they will know what to expect.
Eat plenty of fruit during your pregnancy. Many women get a boost of energy during the day from caffeine products; since these are not recommended during pregnancy, try fruit instead. People who consume bananas and apples, often notice an increase in their energy levels. This comes from the natural sugars that these fruits contain.
Try looking at stories about birth on the Internet to see what it will be like to deliver a child. These accounts are great, as they are firsthand experiences of the process. Reading all about what to expect can help you feel prepared for it.
No matter how uncomfortable, unpleasant or unnerving pregnancy may be, remember that it is only temporary. After nine months, the parenting stage begins. Knowing how to manage life in these nine months can help in making things go smoothly.